Right in this article are 10 simple painting tricks for the perfect home interior, follow them to have a smooth project. These tricks would help you to cut down the cleanup time by half and substantially extend the paint job lifespan. However, there is no need to strictly obey the information down below though, feel free to incorporate adjustment if needed.
- 1/ Clean and prepare the panting surface
In order for the paint to adhere properly, you must clean the painting surface and remove dirt, mildew, grime, etc. You could use a power sprayer to perform the task but a stiff-bristle brush should be just as effective. Fill any hole and crack you can find with putty, wait for the material to cure then sand it flush.
Usually, you should be able to paint over an already painted surface if the old paint is in good condition. But if the old paint has flaked off or blistered in several spots, you have to scrape them off beforehand. In the case the painting surface is made out of wood, it would be a good idea to use primers.
- 2/ Use a combination of brush and roller
A short roller is the best tool to paint over large and long surfaces so make sure you have one. When it comes to panting narrow edges and tight corners, a compact paint brush would prove to be exceptionally handy. With a roller and a brush by your side, you finish painting the interior in a blink of an eye.
Do remember to take care of them by washing away all the paint residues on the body of the tool. To leave these tools soaking in paints would make it hard for you to use them in time of need. The paint would freeze them solid after some time and it’s quite a tedious task to unfreeze the tools.
- 3/ Mix a couple of paint can together to keep the color consistent
The color of paint could vary slightly from can to can and the difference could be annoying in certain cases. Therefore, grab a big bucket and add in there several cans of paint, it would quickly solve your color problem. You could always pour the leftover paint back into the cans for later usages so just add as you like.
The amount of paint to use should be estimated by using a process called boxing which utilizes 5-gallon buckets. For extended paint jobs, it’s often advised that you should use a roller screen instead of the usual roller tray. The roller screen permits the painter to quickly load the roller, and as a result, cut down the painting time.
- 4/ Avoid ugly lap marks by rolling the full height of the wall and maintain a wet edge
Lap marks form when you happen to paint over portions of the paint that are already dry for some time. It would leave unsightly stripes on the paint job and that is a common issue with quick dry latex paint. Luckily, there are a couple of simple methods you could apply to prevent the forming of the troublesome lap marks.
Keep the roller loaded for the duration of the project, reload it regularly so the roller never gets too dry. Move the roller up and down in the manner that let you completely cover the full height of the wall. To keep a wet edge, each of the strokes must properly overlap the previous ones before the paint could dry.
- 5/ Let the paint dry before you start cutting the painter tape
Wait for a day before you attempt to remove the tape, do it early and you may mess up everything. And don’t yank the tape off by force alone, you have to cut it lose first and do it gently. Slice a knife between the tape and the paint as you pull the tape off at a 45-degree angle.
- 6/ Paint the trim before the ceiling and the wall
Following a logical order allow you to paint the interior effectively so start with the trim and then everything else. Compared to the ceiling and walls, it’s much easier to paint over the trim and then remove its painter tape. That is why you should finish processing the trim and wait for it dries before moving on to other surfaces.
- 7/ Use cotton cloths as covers
No matter how careful you are, you may still accidentally spill or splatter the paint so you better come prepared.
Tape a couple of cotton sheets together and lay them on the floor to set up a convenient nonslip surface. In the case you don’t have cotton cloth on hand, rosin paper would be an excellent alternative for paint cover.
- 8/ Paint along the edge to keep a consistent texture
People often paint corners and areas around the trim using a brush which leads to the forming of unique textures. To keep the texture consistent, you have to roll over these spots with a roller before the paint could dry. Handle the roller as careful as possible and don’t let it bump into the opposite paint surface or the trim.
- 9/ Feather out the paint where you are unable to keep a wet edge.
When you could not cover the painting surface properly in continuous strokes then it’s best to feather out the paint. That would allow you to efficiently minimize the build-up of excessive paint and lap marks as well.
- 10/Sand between each coat of paint for a smooth finish
Should you wish to apply multiple coats of paint then you must remember to sand between the coats. Wait for the paint coat to dry then sand the place with fine-grit sandpapers before applying the next coat.